Second Language Acquisition of Particle-verb Constructions in English by Adult Mandarin Speakers Public Deposited

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  • March 22, 2019
  • He, Xue
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Linguistics
  • There have been few research studies on the acquisition of particle-verb constructions (PVCs) in English by Mandarin speakers. The present study investigates the grammaticality judgments of PVCs in English made by Mandarin speakers who have been learning English as a second language (L2). The result of the present study shows that Mandarin speakers have different grammaticality judgments from native English speakers, which could be the reason for the avoidance of PVCs in English by Mandarin speakers shown by Liao and Fukuya (2004). The result also shows that Mandarin speakers are confident in their grammaticality judgments, so being unsure about the grammaticality of PVCs in English is not the cause for Mandarin speakers’ avoidance of PVCs. Furthermore, the present study finds that the grammaticality judgments on PVCs by Mandarin speakers show evidence of transfer of the grammaticality of PVCs in Mandarin and evidence of the interlanguage grammar shifting away from the L1 grammar, supporting the Full Transfer Full Access Hypothesis.
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  • Terry, J. Michael
  • Hendrick, Randall
  • Becker, Misha
  • Master of Arts
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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  • 2017

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